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Sporting School students ride the wave to learning

Surf Groms Coach Darryn

Image: Surfing Coach Darryn Quigley 


Darryn Quigley is a lifelong surfer and ocean lover. Combine this with his desire to become a teacher, and you have the perfect recipe for a surf coach.

“Coaching surfing has allowed me to travel the world and work is some amazing places. I have been a surf coach for more than 15 years and couldn't think of doing anything else instead,” Darryn said.

As the owner Solitary Islands Surf School in Coffs Harbour, NSW, Darryn has been involved in the Sporting Schools program since it began in July 2015.

“I have had amazing feedback with the Sporting Schools programs that I have been involved with,” he said.

“Every local primary school in our area has done a surfing program as part of Sporting Schools. The relaxed, non-competitive environment of the program is well-received from both the students and teachers alike,” he said.

“Everyone is very grateful that a sport like surfing can be included as part of Sporting Schools,” he said.

Darryn believes that the funding available through Sporting Schools is imperative to be able to provide a variety of opportunities for children to participate in sport.

“The process is very easy and every school should be a part of the program. It is great to see so many non-traditional sports being included to help get our kids active and outdoors more often,” Darryn said.

Darryn has spent most of his adult life coaching surfing and running surf schools throughout Australia and around the world. He believes that being adaptable and inclusive of all abilities in his teaching approach is the key to success.

“If the coach is passionate about the sport, they will always be successful and well received by those they are teaching.

“I love everything about my job – especially seeing smiles on the faces of those who have just experienced surfing for the first time,” Darryn said. 

Sporting Schools is a $160 million Australian Government initiative to get more children playing more sport, before, during and after school. Want to run a SurfGroms program at your school? Check out all the details on the Surfing Australia page.